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Stoner aiming to make the double at Shanghai

Stoner aiming to make the double at Shanghai

Stoner aiming to make the double at Shanghai

Casey Stoner tamed the new, formidable Shanghai track this afternoon in the final 250cc qualifying practice to clock the fastest lap of the session and secure pole position in tomorrow's Grand Prix of China.

Continuing excellent form after his win at Estoril two weekends ago the Australian Carrera Sunglasses – LCR rider has remained a dominant presence in China. He took the provisional pole on Friday and now has clocked a fastest lap of 2´06.196, knocking more than three seconds off his first qualifying time and beating Dani Pedrosa to pole position by 0.018 of a second.

Speaking after the qualifying session the proud Australian said, "It's been a good start to the season for me – I've had a front row, a victory and now a pole position from the first three meetings.

"Everything's going well this year and it would have been even better if the first race didn't end in a crash, but we're slowly getting there and I'm looking forward to seeing how the race turns out tomorrow.

"It's a pretty good circuit, as a lot of the other riders have said it's very interesting. In some ways it's a little bit difficult to get used to but once you do it's quite good fun. It's also a real pleasure to be racing in China and an honour for me to be the first man to set a 250cc pole here."

"Obviously the best thing I could hope for tomorrow is a repeat of the race in Portugal but as I've said a few times this year, my only objective for the season is to have fun and take each race as it comes. If I'm at the front of the championship by the end of the season I'll start thinking about strategies but right now I'm just taking things race by race."

Stoner and Pedrosa now stand at one victory each – Stoner at Estoril and Pedrosa at Jerez. Tomorrow we can expect to see Stoner fighting to make it two in a row; while we can expect Pedrosa striving just as hard to stop Stoner in his tracks.

250cc, 2005, TAOBAO.COM GRAND PRIX OF CHINA, Casey Stoner

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